Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10-11am
World Conference Center Bonn

Roundtable talk during the
Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

“Internet freedom is the new press freedom,” claims the Nigerian Paradigm Initiative. But in 2017, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to roll back net neutrality, marking a victory for the broadband industry. This shows that open networks and non-discrimination against applications or content are at stake, even in democratic states. But there is a ray of hope. In recent years, European activists, journalists, media associations, academics, and start-ups organised a powerful movement to protect net neutrality. In 2016, their lobbying for strong net neutrality protection proved successful – as long as the rules decided on at European level are implemented by national telecom regulators.

In many countries, internet freedom is not only threatened by restrictions to net neutrality. It is also endangered by governments shutting down internet applications or ordering telecom companies to cut off citizens from the internet. Global corporations such as Facebook are either unwilling or unable to oppose authoritarian regimes in defence of internet freedom. In African countries, there is a silver lining as well. Citizens are increasingly fighting digital rights abuses in the courts. People are exploring alternative means of civil action to challenge government and corporate restrictions.

In this session, we will tackle the following questions: How can civil society mobilise to defend digital rights? What do activists’ experiences from Europe and Africa have in common? How can internet freedom and net neutrality be preserved around the globe? What can journalists and the media contribute?

Have a look at the programme of the session.

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sef: insights 3-4|2018


During the Potsdam Spring Dialogues we spoke to two experts about innovative measures of social protection. Nkateko Chauke elaborates in the interview how a Basic Income Grant for the SADC region might work. Raquel Tebaldi gives recommendations how social protection might cover women better.

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How to defend digital rights?


Internet freedom is threatened in many states by restrictions to net neutrality or by governments shutting down internet applications. But there are rays of hope. In different world regions, civil society is mobilizing to protect net neutrality or to fight digital rights abuses in the courts. What do activists’ experiences from Europe and Africa have in common? What can journalists and the media contribute?

sef: will discuss these questions with experts from around the globe at a roundtable talk during the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum. Register now!

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Strengthening Local Peacebuilding


The Berlin Summer Dialogue on 29 and 30 May 2018 will discuss the chances and challenges of local peacebuilding as the basis for sustaining peace., with a particular focus on the participation of women and youth. In addition, we will look at useful support for local peace initiatives from outside. Further information and the programme can be found here. Participation by invitation only.

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Public Evening Event

The role of local media in armed conflict


The media have a responsibility to report sensitively on conflicts and diverse social groups. The spread of disinformation or “fake news” can escalate conflicts. It is important to raise media professionals’ awareness of conflict-sensitive, peace-oriented journalism. At a public evening event during the Berlin Summer Dialogue, we would like to discuss opportunities and limits of a peace-oriented reporting with media experts working in conflict zones Register now!

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Sustaining Peace. Can a new approach change the UN? 


The world is facing enormous challenges in light of protracted crises and conflicts. The United Nations are looking for answers with the new ‘sustaining peace’ approach. What are the chances of the new approach to change the UN and create sustainable peace? The new Global Governance Spotlight written by Cedric de Coning offers a current overview.

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